2018 Junior World Team Criteria

The age divisions for the 2018 Junior World Championships include birth years 1998-2003 and contest weights of:

Women: 44kg, 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, 78kg and +78kg
Men: 55kg, 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg and +100kg

Dates - October 17th - 21st, 2018

Location - Nassau, Bahamas

Eligibility Checklist:

  • Must have been born 1998-2003
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must be a current member of USA Judo
  • If you are a recent citizen or hold dual citizenship, you must have secured the necessary approvals to be eligible to represent the United States Internationally BEFORE the Trials date.
  • U21 Athletes (IJF Junior) must compete at the USA Judo Junior Olympic Championships to qualify for the Junior World Championships, to be an alternate, or to be a wildcard candidate.




The 2018 Junior Olympic Nationals in Spokane, WA, on June 22-23, 2018 will be the trial event to identify the qualifying members of the 2018 Junior World Team. All athletes wishing to become a member of the USA Judo World Team will need to compete at the Junior Olympic Nationals.

The winners of each weight division in the IJF Junior category at the 2018 Junior Olympic Nationals will become the USA Judo World Team members for the Junior World Championships. The silver medalists will become the Alternates. In the event that there is need to replace beyond the Alternates, the highest ranked person on the USA Judo National IJF Junior roster , who competed in Spokane at the Junior Olympic Championships, as of the close of the Trials, will be next in line, then the next person, and so on.



The International Judo Federation MAY provide that each country gets only one entry per age and weight division BUT, they MAY BE permitted TWO male and TWO female wild-card spots. This means that two additional athletes of each gender can be added – but in no case can any country have more than two athletes in a division.

Athletes who are not both in the same weight division, and who have the highest individual division point totals on the USA Judo National IJF Junior roster that is fully updated and in effect through the results of the 2018 Junior Olympic Nationals, will be offered the Wild Card spots. Only those athletes who competed at the USA Judo Junior Olympic National Championships will be considered. 

In case of declinations, the spots will be offered in order to the eligible individuals who own the highest point totals in their individual division. (Note: it is not possible to combine points from multiple divisions).